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Tiny Kox elected PACE President

24/01/2022 | Session

Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL) has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Taking over from Rik Daems (Belgium, ALDE), he is PACE’s 34th President since 1949 and the third Dutch to hold this office. He obtained an absolute majority in the first round of...

PACE and EBRD Presidents agree new priority areas for working together

18/01/2022 | President

The Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have agreed new priority areas for co-operation – including joining forces to promote gender equality and measures to prevent and combat violence against...

PACE President pays tribute to David Sassoli

11/01/2022 | President

“I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of European Parliament President David Sassoli. A most dedicated defender of human rights and a tireless champion of democracy, Mr Sassoli, whom I had the privilege to work with, was a true and committed European whose work and legacy we will...

PACE President Rik Daems calls 2022 the year when parliaments work together to turn the tide on the rise of...

31/12/2021 | President

In an annual end-of-year message, Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has recalled some of the successes and challenges of 2021. “It is with both setbacks and achievements that we summarise the year 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic still has Europe and the...

‘A new generation of human rights is emerging, including the right to live in a healthy environment’

09/12/2021 | President

“On this year’s Human Rights Day, as we celebrate the progress made, let us not forget that fundamental rights and freedoms must be respected and advanced also in times of emergency. In responding to our common challenges – such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, violence against women, migratory...

PACE President completes official visit to Luxembourg

09/12/2021 | President

Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), paid an official visit to Luxembourg on 7 December 2021, where he discussed how to further strengthen bilateral relations and to maintain the role of Luxembourg as a pioneer in the development of policies...

President discusses deepening co-operation with the UK in the post-Brexit era during a working visit to London

06/12/2021 | President

Following a recent working visit to the United Kingdom, which focused on strengthening the role of the UK in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the post-Brexit era, PACE President Rik Daems highlighted the excellent engagement of the UK Parliament in the Assembly’s work...

PACE President makes working visit to the United Kingdom

30/11/2021 | President

Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to London on 1 and 2 December 2021. On this occasion, he is due to hold meetings with the Speakers of both Chambers of Parliament, the Minister for Europe and the Americas, the...

PACE President ends official visit to Kazakhstan, encourages closer co-operation

18/11/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems ended his three-day official visit to Kazakhstan. Congratulating the country on the 30th anniversary of its independence, he particularly focused on strengthening co-operation between the Parliamentary Assembly and Kazakhstan with a view to implementing reforms in the...

Making the ‘circle of trust’ safe for every child

18/11/2021 | President

Statement by Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), on the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November 2021) Strasbourg, 18.11.2021 – “Today, on End Child Sex Abuse Day, I call on...

PACE President addresses the IPU parliamentary meeting at COP26 in Glasgow

09/11/2021 | President

On 7 November 2021 PACE President Rik Daems took part in a special parliamentary meeting organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. He addressed the Advocacy session, which focused on parliamentary action to increase...

President condemns recent reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus

28/10/2021 | President

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Rik Daems, has strongly condemned recent reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus. Recalling Assembly Resolution 2372 (2021), the President called on the authorities to fully respect the...